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Implementation of the African Digital Schools Initiative as at October 2020

In 2016, GESCI through its African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) Programme started off on a journey to transform 80 secondary schools in Kenya into Digital Schools of Distinction through integration of ICTs in teaching and learning. Over the past 4 years, teachers have gone through three cycles of rigorous training on ICT use in their daily teaching and lesson planning. Students are now using computers and accessing content developed by the teachers for self-directed learning. Subsequently, all the schools worked on a whole-school ICT integration aspect using the GESCI ICT Integration Roadmap and Guidelines. Going through a phased approached from e-Initial, to e-Enabled, to e-Confident and finally e-Mature where schools have ICT integration policies, teachers and students using ICTs in their daily teaching and learning, Functional Computer labs, a digital library with learner-centred materials and use of ICTs in general school administrative activities. The programme has seen teachers create Open Educational Resources that can be used by teachers regionally and a students’ resources site for learners. Progressively, GESCI launched ADSI in Tanzania in 2017 and in 2018 the pilot which has been delivered in French was launched in Cote d’Ivoire. The three countries have successfully implemented the programme whose impact has been evident in how the schools have performed in exams, student enrolment, teachers being able to innovatively keep learning going as schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. A Community of Practice has been formed to ensure teachers and education stakeholders from various sectors and countries share learnings, strategies to improve the quality of education in Africa as well as work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 on Inclusive and Quality Education. This graph shows the different levels where the countries were at as of October 2020. GESCI is committed to working with governments and partners to contribute towards building a Knowledge Society for All based on the principles of equal opportunities, inclusiveness, empowerment, accountability and sustainability. ADSI is implemented in partnership with the ministries of education in the three countries, teacher employers, curriculum institutions and Mastercard Foundation


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